D.C. Judge Seems Skeptical of School Closure Lawsuit

Friday, May 10, 2013  |  Updated 11:32 PM EDT
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D.C. Judge Seems Skeptical of School Closure Lawsuit

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A District of Columbia judge seemed skeptical about a lawsuit asking him to halt the planned closure of 15 public schools, noting during a hearing that the schools’ students are being moved to are better performing.

The community group Empower DC is behind the lawsuit and says the planned closures violate the U.S. Constitution and city and federal laws. They say the closings will disproportionately affect minority, special education and low-income students and they're asking for a preliminary injunction that would halt the closures.

Lawyers for the District of Columbia say closing the schools will improve education for all students. They say they gave proper notice of the closings and responded to citizen concerns.

D.C. federal court Judge James E. Boasberg said he would rule on the issue next week.

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